Acid Stag Interview
The Awkward Collective are huge fans of discovering new music, and one of our first ports of call is always Acid Stag. A Sydney-based music blog, Dan and Jez have transformed their passion for sharing music into a reputable online community. Best of all, their Friday mix-tapes are tailor-made to help you to push through those last hours of the week and get ready for the ensuing weekend.
We were rather excited when Dan agreed to share a few of their secrets.
How was ACID STAG Born?
Almost two years ago, Jez and I decided to cease spamming our friends with musical gems via email and Facebook wall posts, and launch a blog. This would effectively still be used to spam our friends, but our musical findings would sensibly have a single platform to occupy.
The next step was to agree on a name of the blog. That day, we were coming down from an acid trip and our eyes were drawn to the wooden stag head, which occupied my wall. As result, ‘Acid Stag’ was born.
Since inception, we’ve been very lucky to interview big-league acts such as Yuksek, Beni, Aeroplane, The Rapture, Datarock and Trentemøller – all made possible because we were determined to share our passion for quality indie and electro music with like-minded people. That, as well as acid.
You’ve recently started up a series of killer gigs, tell us about them.
For us, the logical next step was to introduce artists that we admire to people in a live arena. We sat down to create a short list of Australian talent to appear on the bill of our launch event, all of which we’ve included in our weekly Friday MixTapes.
Surprisingly, all of the artists that we approached were super keen to get involved. Helping us rein in the series of quarterly events were Sydney’s RÜFÜS, Frames and Lancelot, along with Back Back Forward Punch and (mother-flippin’) Strange Talk. Held at The Village and aptly called acid stag presents: Deep in The Village, it went down last month and we were stoked with the results.
Planning for the next one has already started. Stay tuned for more info soon!
What is it like working with each other? Any AWKWARD moments? (You know we love these)
Jez and I actually dated for three years – so, there isn’t a lot that we don’t know about each other. We sometimes bicker like an old married couple… That aside, we work really well as business partners.
What do you see as the future for ACID STAG?
Ultimately, we have two objectives.
- Position Acid Stag as Australia’s quintessential indie/electro publication.
- Run a long series of successful music events.
With some elbow grease, we’re confident that both will be achieved in due course.